Gertrude M. Johnson
6/8/2006 - Gertrude M. Johnson, 99, of Heritage Village, formerly of Dean Road, Stockton, died May 29, 2006 at Heritage Village Health Care Center, Gerry.
"Grandma" Johnson was born Sept. 16, 1906 in Bradford, Pa., the third child of the late Clayton H. and Dora Leonard Morrison.
She was a 1925 graduate of Brocton High School and received her Registered Nursing training at Bradford General Hospital. She was employed for over 40 years as an RN in Bradford, Jamestown and Heritage Village Health Care Center.
"Gertie" was a life member of the Brocton Free Methodist Church and was very involved with many ministries of the church. She was a registered camper at Cattaraugus Christian Camp for 58 consecutive years. She was a foster and adoptive mother to many children. "Gertie" served as camp nurse for numerous children's summer camps for many years. She loved animals, writing poetry, and regularly attended her children's and grandchildren's activities and events.
"Gertie had a sincere interest in people's lives, as a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She leaves a legacy of love, service, deep spiritual faith in Jesus Christ and a winsome ability to reach out to those in need, both physically and spiritually.
Gertrude is the wife of 47 years to the late Neil J. Johnson, whom she married Sept. 9, 1931 and who died Aug. 28, 1978; children, James Neil Johnson of Stockton, Leon Roger Johnson of Mayville, Nancy Carol Sisson of Gerry, Ronald Allan Johnson of Brocton; 21 grandchildren, two of whom preceded her in death; 49 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; siblings, Lillian Morrison and Dorothy Morrison, both of Stockton, Clayton Morrison of Brocton, Dr. Ernest Morrison of LaVerne, Calif., Shirley "Skippy" King of Yorkshire, Alvyn Morrison of Westfield and the late Howard "Shorty" Morrison, Isabell Martin, Ruth DuPre and Virginia Mount.
Burial will be in Webster Street Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cattaraugus Christian Camp for Youth Center, c/o 4708 Damon Hill Road, Sinclairville, N.Y., 14782.
Arrangements are by the Jordan Funeral Home in Sinclairville.
Mary Lou Ellis
5/18/2006 - Mary Lou Ellis, 84, formerly of Fairmount Parkway, Erie, Pa., died May 11, 2006 at Beverly Healthcare, Erie.
Mary Lou was born Nov. 13, 1921 in Erie, the daughter of the late Frank and Bertha Peabody Ellis.
She resided in Erie most of her life, growing up in the 1920s and 1930s on Chautauqua Lake. She was employed with General Electric Company for over 40 years.
She enjoyed gardening and was known for her beautiful yard, sense of humor and love of cats. She had been an avid roller skater and square dancer.
She is survived by four nieces, Eileen Campbell of Kalamazoo, Mich., Jan Ellis of Wilmington, Mass., Beverly Sankary of New York City, Leslie Ehrich of San Diego, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Ellis of Flint, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Frederick Ellis.
Memorial contributions may be made to Because You Care, Inc., P.O. Box 54, McKean, Pa. 16426. To send condolences, log on to www.dusckasfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Dusckas Funeral Home in Erie, Pa.
Donald L. Baker
5/18/2006 - Donald L. Baker, 78, of Davis Road, Mayville, died May 9, 2006 surrounded by his loving wife of 53 years and his family at home.
He was born July 5, 1927 in Plymouth, Mich., the son of the late Theodore C. and Norma E. Balko Baker.
In 2001, Don received his high school graduation certificate, given to those who quit high school to join the armed services during World War II. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a signalman. Don was a self-employed plaster and concrete finisher.
He was a member of the North Harmony Methodist Church, a life member of the Lake Chautauqua Veterans of Foreign Wars and life member of the American Legion, joining in 1945 and he belonged to the Peacock Lodge F&AM, Chautauqua Fire Department and in 2003, was named fireman of the Year, the Chautauqua County Fire Police, Gold Card carrier for Brick Mason and Allied Craftsmen, National Rifle Association and a member of the Sports Fishery Board.
Don was a very avid Muskie fisherman, he enjoyed hunting, he loved going for a walk in the woods and he enjoyed stock car racing. His greatest love was his family, his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a very family-oriented person.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia L. Darby Baker, whom he married Sept. 6, 1952 in Portville; two daughters, Dr. Phyllis L. (Dr. Douglas Hotek) Baker of Waterloo, Iowa and Paulette L. (Jay Freeman) Baker of Dewittville; one stepson, Randall (Sharon) Darby of Dillsboro, Ind.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Rebecca (James) Archer of Tarpon Springs, Fla.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Burlingame, and was also preceded in death by his faithful dog, Punkin, who followed him everywhere and will be laid to rest with Don.
Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua Fire Department, Box F, Chautauqua, N.Y., 14722.
Arrangements are by the Freay Funeral Home in Mayville.
George T. Dickerson
5/18/2006 - George Thomas Dickerson, 77, a retired owner of a contracting company, died April 25, 2006 in Cape Coral Hospital in Matlacha, Fla., where he kept a winter home, following a brief illness.
He was born in Washington D.C. and attended local schools.
A National Guard veteran, he held a variety of jobs over the course of his working life.
Before moving to Western New York, he was employed as a private contractor installing Esther Williams swimming pools. In 1957, he moved to the Buffalo area and took a job as a bricklayer before starting his own masonry contracting company, Dickerson Construction.
He also, on the side, built grandfather clocks and ran businesses including a warehouse that stored automobile engines, a pallet shop, a sawmill and a Formica shop.
In 1968, he bought a cattle ranch and vineyard in Westfield, which he continued to operate for the rest of his life. He never formally retired.
He wintered in Florida for the last 23 years.
Dickerson was a longtime member of the Moose Club and enjoyed fishing and boating.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Patricia L. Siedlecki; a daughter, Jacqueline, of Erie, Pa.; two sons, Jeffrey of Buffalo and Thomas of Lockport; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in the Town of Tonawanda.
Evelyn S. Foster
5/11/2006 - Evelyn S. Foster, 91, of Walnut St, Lakewood, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2006 in her home with her family by her side.
Mrs. Foster was born in Point Chautauqua on July 26, 1914, the daughter of Hugo and Mary P. Jones Swan.
She was the widow of Merle A. Foster whom she married September 8, 1933. He passed away March 9, 1968.
Mrs. Foster was a 1932 graduate of Mayville High School. She was a hostess at the Hotel Jamestown from 1940 until 1968 and was a receptionist at Blackstone Corp. from 1968 until her retirement in1980.
She was a longtime and active member of Lakewood United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher for 25 years, received Laity of the Year Award in 1993, was active in Friendship Circle, served on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee and many other committees. In 2005 she received the annual Marian Gilbert Award for outstanding service to the Chautauqua Region Multiple Sclerosis Society. She had a large impact on many people in your community. She was also active on the Mayville Alumni Association.
Mrs. Foster loved her outdoor gardening and had a "Green Thumb" with her African Violets. She loved to make scrapbooks. She also loved animals and dog sitting for friends and family.
Surviving are a son Howard M. (Autumn) Foster of Lakewood; three granddaughters Lori Foster (Dave Harman) of Rochester, Lisa (Kevin) Morse of Jamestown and Julie A. (Brian) Stanton of Centerville, Ohio; four great grandchildren; three sisters, May Swan of Point Chautauqua, Clara (Everett) Boland of North Clymer and Josephine Thoms of Webster, Fla.; two brothers Edwin E. Swan of Jamestown and Everett E. (Joan) Swan of Ellery Center; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband she was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith M. Gerring and Martha Jean Barton and four brothers Harold H., Hugh W., James H. and Francis "Pete" Swan.
The funeral service will be held today, May 11th, in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Violet A. Davidson, Pastor and Rev. Elinor Hare Associate Pastor of Lakewood United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Mayville Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorials be made to Lakewood United Methodist Church, 164 Shadyside Rd, Lakewood, N.Y., 14750.
The Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown is in charge of arrangements.
Dean J. Utegg
5/11/2006 - Dean J. Utegg, 35, of Maple Ave., Ripley, died May 8, 2006 at Select Specialty Hospital after a lengthy illness due to diabetes.
He was born April 18, 1971 in Erie, Pa., to Fred L. Utegg of Ripley and the late Joan L. Rizzo Utegg, who died in 1990.
A lifetime resident of Ripley, Utegg graduated from Ripley Central School and attended Fredonia State University.
He served as Ripley Town Supervisor and served as district treasurer of Chautauqua Lake Central School until his recent retirement due to illness. He was also formerly employed at Mellon Bank in Erie for several years and was chairman for the Ripley and Chautauqua Democratic Committees and a former member of the Chautauqua Young Democrats. He served as secretary for a Saturday night bowling league.
A member of St. Thomas More Church in Ripley and Brotherhood of St. Joseph in North East, he loved bowling, golfing and was an avid true Cleveland Browns fan.
Besides his father, he is survived by his partner, Jai Trippy of Ripley; brothers, Stephen C. Utegg and his wife, Linda, and Mark A. Utegg and his wife, Lisa, both of North East; his sister, Belinda Mulholland and her husband, Timothy, of Dewittville; several nieces and nephews with whom he was very close; several aunts and uncles; and his friend "Miniature Dachshund" Brownie.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home on South Lake Street, North East today, May 11th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend prayer services on May 12th at 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gregory Church.
Interment will be in St. Gregory Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Pittsburgh Office, 300 Penn Center Blvd., Suite 602, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15235 or Ripley Hose Co., Ripley, N.Y., 14775.
Arrangements are by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home in North East.
Barbara C. Dake
5/18/2006 - Barbara C. Dake, 89, formerly of Rt. 430, Bemus Point, died May 8, 2006 in Heritage Village Health Care Center.
A Bemus Point resident most of her life, she was born July 7, 1916, in Syracuse, the daughter of Zara and Frances Clarke Comstock.
She graduated from high school in Fabius, NY and earned a Masters Degree in Education from Keuka College.
She was employed by Maple Grove Central School System as a business education instructor for 30 years, with several years of teaching in the Westfield School District.
She was a member of Bemus Point United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women. Other memberships include Daughters of the American Revolution and Retired Business Teachers Association.
She was a gifted and dedicated teacher who loved her work and students, many of whom she inspired over the years. During that time she nurtured and challenged her students to succeed as they prepared for life beyond high school. She continued to be a source of encouragement long after retirement and will be remembered as a compassionate teacher who expected excellence from her business students.
Surviving are a daughter Leslee "Leesa" (James) Livengood of Bemus Point and four grandchildren David J.(Kory) Livengood of Bridgeman, Mich., Jonathan C. (Amy) Livengood of Falconer and Emily E. and Eleesia S. Livengood, both of Bemus Point; and five great-grandchildren Kyle, Jessica, Caleigh and Dylan Livengood, all of Bridgeman and Mackenzie Rashbrook of Bemus.
She was preceded in death by her husband George L. Dake who died January 7, 1999 and a son James C. Dake in July of 1961.
Memorials may be made to Bemus Point United Methodist Church Youth Group, 4954 Bemus Ellery Rd., Bemus Point, Bemus Point Library, 13 Main St., Bemus Point and Fabius Baptist Church, 1330 State Route 91, Fabius, N.Y. 13063
The Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown is in charge of arrangements.
James A. Reese
5/18/2006 - James A. Reese, 51, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., formerly of Westfield, died suddenly on May 14, 2006 as a result of injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident in Florida.
He was born in Erie, Pa. on Oct. 4, 1954, the son of Helen Reese of Lehigh Acres and the late Harold Reese.
Reese attended schools in Wattsburg, Pa. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed motorcycling and traveling.
He was a journeyman carpenter.
Surviving besides his mother of Florida are his children, James Reese and his wife, Heidi, of Rochester, N.Y., Jodi Hoffman and her husband, Michael, of Fredonia, Tiffany Clarke and her husband, Jeff, of North Carolina and Christopher Reese and his fiancée, Amanda Harrington of Westfield.
Reese was a loving grandfather, known as Pa, to Alyssa and Makayla Reese and Lucas Hoffman. He is also survived by his two sisters, Kimberle Roberts and her husband, Mark and Marsha Rice, all of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bonnie Greer.
Memorials are suggested to a charity of choice.
Arrangements are by the MASON Funeral Home on Clinton Street in Westfield.
J. Donald Reid
5/18/2006 - J. Donald Reid, 81, of Wells Street, Westfield died May 14, 2006 at Chautauqua County Home And Infirmary, Dunkirk.
Mr. Reid was born November 15, 1924 in Westfield, the son of the late James and Bertha (Spencer) Reid.
A Westfield resident all his life, Don was a member of the WACS graduating class of 1946. He enlisted in the US Navy and served from 1943 until 1946. He had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Westfield for over 50 years. Mr. Reid had been active as a Boy Scout Leader in Westfield for several years. Don had been employed by Red Wing Corp. as a Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement in 1989. He then became self employed, doing light duty trucking for Renold, Inc. until 2004. Donald was a member of the Cascade Hose Co. #1 of the Fire Dept. of Westfield, and served as Department Chief in 1964 -1965. While in the Fire Dept., Don was active in the Emergency Squad and was a former President of the Firemen´s Exempt Assoc. He was active in the Chautauqua County Fire Chiefs Assoc. and FASNY. In 1993 he served as President of the SWAVF (Southwestern Assoc.) In Nov. 2001, he and several other members of the Westfield Fire Dept. traveled to New York City to present a donation check to the FDNY on behalf of the Westfield Fire Dept. and the citizen´s of Westfield. Don was a former member of Summit Lodge #219 F &AM, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge # 118, and the Wm. P. Jackway Post 6764 VFW all of Westfield. He was passionate about firematics and his hobbies included camping, golf and the outdoors. However, his main love was his family.
He is survived by his wife: Betty (Eggert) Reid, who he married on August 6, 1949 in Westfield, his four daughters: Marsha (Kenneth) Leaf of Saquoit, NY, Donna (Neal) Watkins of Azle, Texas, Cindy (Douglas) Norton and Janet Reid both of Westfield; his seven grandchildren , Jennifer, April, Christina, Dana, J. D., Ryan, and Andrew , and three great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Nina Watson and Edith Woleben, and by his brother, Edwin Reid.
Burial will be in Westfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Fire Dept. Of Westfield Memorial Fund, 23 Elm Street, Westfield, NY 14787 or to the County Home Aux., 10836 Temple Road, Dunkirk, NY 14048
The MASON Funeral Home on Clinton Street in Westfield is in charge of arrangements.